Howard Overby won't be winning the grand prize on Wednesday's season finale of CBS's Big Brother (9:30/8:30c) because he was evicted from the game weeks ago. But the popular houseguest still has reason to smile. He's landed a guest spot on his mama's all-time favorite show, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Overby — a youth counselor from Hattiesburg, Miss. — about his two-day suds gig, airing October 24-25.
TV Guide Magazine: You sure know how to make your mother proud!
Overby: This is so exciting! A blessing! I got a call out of the blue from The Bold and the Beautiful asking if I'd like to appear on the show. I said yes without knowing any of the particulars because I was raised in a house with a lot of females — my mom, my grandma and two older sisters — and everyone watched the CBS soaps. And The Bold and the Beautiful is the one my mom loves most. [Laughs] Her only problem is that it's only half an hour long! So getting that call really floored me. It's crazy. There's nothing better than making your mom happy.
TV Guide Magazine: I hear you're playing the DJ/Host on Karaoke Night at the Bikini Bar, when Wyatt and Hope drop by with some of the Forrester Creations international buyers.
Overby: Getting to work with Darin Brooks and Kim Matula was great. We get a real happy-go-lucky, very sexual but laid-back vibe going in the bar. To be at CBS with all that soap-opera and game-show history was a frickin' dream, man! I've done some plays and a little extra work in films with Sylvester Stallone and Nicolas Cage, and have always wanted do more acting. [Laughs] So let's pray for that, America! While I was at CBS, I got to meet Kristoff St. John [Neil] from The Young and the Restless. The whole day I had goosebumps. Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas and Jeff Schroeder from Big Brother are also in the same episodes, plus Malcolm Freberg from Survivor.
TV Guide Magazine: It's a reality TV invasion! What did you guys dish about?
Overby: Rachel and Brendon and I really bonded. We talked a lot about the racial tension on Big Brother this season and how hard it was to watch. It was pretty shocking. When you're in the house, you have no idea what's being shown to America and I only heard some of the stuff that was being said. I didn't know that the racial remarks were as deep or as consistent as they were. Once I watched the show and got up to speed I was angry. I felt like maybe I never had a real chance in the game, like I had to be perfect around a lot of imperfect people. I was very upset for a few days, but then it felt like a relief to be out of the house. I was actually glad I was out and that's sad, because I really wanted to play that game. I've watched Big Brother since I was in 10th grade! But I'm proud of the way I handled myself. I didn't overreact to the comments I heard. Some people feel I should have stepped up and said more, but I don't think that would have been a good idea.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you think minorities will be less inclined to apply for the game after what went down this season?
Overby: Maybe, and that would be a real shame. Yet, at the same time, being in the house and not reacting to the racial comments was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and I don't wish that on anybody. In the real world, and I'm from the deep South, it happens all the time but you can walk away. You can't do that in the Big Brother house.
TV Guide Magazine: How do you think it'll feel to step back into that mess on finale night?
Overby: I'm looking forward to it in some ways. I want to say hello to Elissa, Jessie and Candice and reminisce a little bit here and there. But it's also going to be strange and maybe a little somber. I don't know what's going to be said about certain people losing their jobs because of the comments they made on national TV. Will that be acknowledged? A lot of people have asked if I'm happy that they lost their jobs. No, I'm not. I've been unemployed before, at one point for a very long time, and I don't want to see that happen to anybody. We all make mistakes.